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☞ Jakarta’s Chinatown: Glodok in 16 Pictures

October 12, 2011 Glodok Jakarta Chinatown

Pasar Glodok

Glodok is a bustling place.  Walking through this maze of shops, Temples, vendors, and street kitchens, is a colorful and layered experience.  Here history and modernity have fused and mutated.  Glodok is a tangled and haphazard marketplace unlike any other Chinatown you might encounter.  Visiting Chinatown in New York, San Francisco and/or Singapore, you feel like you have been transported to a tiny version of China.  That is not the case here.  In Jakarta’s Glodok, because its history has been written and rewritten, it seems circumstance has triumphed over tradition.

So,  while you may not find dim sum, squeaky baby shoes, or kites, you will find very friendly people, fascinating things around every corner, and a great experience. Jakarta Chinatown Jakarta Chinatown

Inside the wetmarket Jakarta Chinatown

Pigeon Vendors Jakarta Chinatown

Yes, that is a bag of live eels he's carrying. Jakarta Chinatown

Thank you random kind lady for buying me this durian ice cream. It was quite tasty :) Jakarta Chinatown

The contrast between old and new is striking. Jakarta Chinatown

Inside the temple. Jakarta Chinatown Jakarta Chinatown

After rolling stones, and shaking sticks, this is the fortune I received in the temple.

**Google Translated {My Bahasa isn’t that good}:  Do not obey the words even though many said. The wind and the clouds in a quiet place, the dragon has not run. In the darkness good news is received.  You do not need ask many questions. Jakarta Chinatown Jakarta Chinatown

The color scheme of this Catholic church looks a lot like the temple... Jakarta Chinatown

These guys too wanted their picture taken. Jakarta Chinatown

The Pollution Problem. Jakarta Chinatown

A glimpse of a street market. Jakarta Chinatown

Close to a cobra.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Pamela permalink
    October 12, 2011 3:48 pm

    This is my all time favorite blog article!!!!!!! Colors, personality, flavors, smells, and noises all silently embedded in this photographic slice. Great, great and double great!!!!

  2. Mandi permalink
    October 12, 2011 6:51 pm

    Just beautiful…plus…how many times does one get the chance to see a man walking with a bag of live eels on his back. You are awesome! Thanks for bringing us along with you for the ride!

  3. June 11, 2012 2:42 am

    Very cool! I’m going there next weekend and hope to have an eye to catch all the things you did!!

  4. Jeff permalink
    September 17, 2012 6:44 am

    These photos definitely capture the feeling Glodok.

  5. September 7, 2014 1:17 pm

    My favorite spot for pictures in jakarta

  6. December 19, 2016 2:09 am

    I have eaten snake in Mangga Besar! Tasted like, I don’t know, the meat was very hard. Felt like you ate big muscles. Great pictures!


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